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Effectiveness of Farmers’ Groups Organized under Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) in Jorhat, Assam

D. Borah, R.K. Talukdar, S. Barman and R. Boruah

Abstract

The present investigation was conducted in Jorhat district of Assam with a view to study the effectiveness of the farmers’ groups organized under Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA). All the three sub-divisions of Jorhat district were selected for the study. A total of 168 respondents were selected from 24 nos. of farmers’ groups selected randomly. Both purposive and random sampling techniques were used in the present study. Data was collected by administering structured schedule. Relevant statistical techniques were used to analyze the data. The results of the study indicated that majority (95.83%) of the farmers’ groups organized under ATMA were effective followed by 4.17 percent less effective in overall sample. Not a single group was found to be highly effective in all the three sub-divisions. The group effectiveness was calculated with the help of effectiveness index and farmers’ opinion about the farmers’ groups that he belongs was collected with the help of a ladder scale having ten (10) point continuums. A positive and significant relationship was found between the effectiveness index score and the ladder score obtained by a group. Major problems faced by the respondents were non-availability of different irrigation facilities, lack of special market for organic produce, lack of need based training, lack of electricity, unavailability of organic manures and high cost of pump sets and other equipments required for irrigation.

Keyword: Farmers’ groups; Effectiv

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